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Contego 04-23-2014 11:49 AM

slightly (annoyingly) cat reactive
 
Ok, so Tego is 6 months old, we went to a friends house and they have several cats out and about on their farm. It's not bad reactive as much as its annoying. He barks at them, then runs away like he's scared of it. But only the multi colored cat, he was fine with the solid colored one. The solid one laid down 6 inches away from him and he didn't hardly give it a second glance. But when the multi colored one came up he barked at him, then he'd follow him, and if the cat turned toward him he'd scoot away from it. How do I correct the barking? Sternly telling him "no" didnt really work be cause he was so focused on it.

Diesel7602 04-25-2014 07:36 AM

Mine does this with my Cats. He wants to play with them. He will chase them and bark if the cat is out of reach. He just doesn't understand that he is to big now and play fighting like he would do with a pup is not acceptable to the cats. Probably no help.... But i let him see the cats, but if he tries to bite play with them I make him sit then he barks at them :confused:. I want my boy to tolerate cats so when he is older he won't hurt them.

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FuzzButtMum 04-25-2014 09:19 AM

We're having the same problem. We have two cats (one indoor cat and one who goes outdoors). The indoor cat is very confident with Finnick and will stand her ground very well, our other cat just runs....which makes him excited and want to run after her.

We got some great advice from someone on here. We leash Finnick all the time he is around the cats, so that we can totally control his movements and so that he cannot chase the cats (under no circumstances let your puppy chase the cats), make sure you praise him every time he ignores or looks away from the cats and let the cats roam free around him and let them sniff him and also make sure to give them attention. If he doesn't already know the "Down" and "Stay" commands, then maybe work on them Whenever he is in the presence of the cats, make him stay in the "down" position.

Finnick is slowly getting there! He still wants to chase them (that's only natural) but I think in time of doing this method, they will be able to tolerate each other. I' just going to do this for however long it takes! I pull my hair out sometimes, but then he comes face to face with one of our cats and they both act perfectly (him on his leash still, just in case).

Hope that helps, I know it's a bit hard as you only visit the cats though.

Diesel7602 04-25-2014 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by FuzzButtMum (Post 5429745)
We're having the same problem. We have two cats (one indoor cat and one who goes outdoors). The indoor cat is very confident with Finnick and will stand her ground very well, our other cat just runs....which makes him excited and want to run after her.

We got some great advice from someone on here. We leash Finnick all the time he is around the cats, so that we can totally control his movements and so that he cannot chase the cats (under no circumstances let your puppy chase the cats), make sure you praise him every time he ignores or looks away from the cats and let the cats roam free around him and let them sniff him and also make sure to give them attention. If he doesn't already know the "Down" and "Stay" commands, then maybe work on them Whenever he is in the presence of the cats, make him stay in the "down" position.

Finnick is slowly getting there! He still wants to chase them (that's only natural) but I think in time of doing this method, they will be able to tolerate each other. I' just going to do this for however long it takes! I pull my hair out sometimes, but then he comes face to face with one of our cats and they both act perfectly (him on his leash still, just in case).

Hope that helps, I know it's a bit hard as you only visit the cats though.

Good advice:D I need to try that.

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FuzzButtMum 04-25-2014 11:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Diesel7602 (Post 5430033)
Good advice:D I need to try that.

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:D I would definitely recommend it! So far, it is working really really well for us!!!! When he isn't leashed, we separate him from the cats (they stay beyond they safety of the stair gate and stay upstairs lol). He still wants to chase them sometimes when they wonder past him, but he's getting majorly better. Today, he was eating in the kitchen and Chloe (our eldest outdoor cat) wondered RIGHT BESIDE him....he didn't even flinch and carried on eating his dinner...I was ready to pounce on his collar to hold hi back but I didn't need to :D I think that's progress! The only time now he really barks and wants to chase them is if he in in the garden and Chloe runs past him or walks on the top of the fences (I think he thinks it's more of a game out there)

Are your cats confident with Percy?

Diesel7602 04-25-2014 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by FuzzButtMum (Post 5430065)
:D I would definitely recommend it! So far, it is working really really well for us!!!! When he isn't leashed, we separate him from the cats (they stay beyond they safety of the stair gate and stay upstairs lol). He still wants to chase them sometimes when they wonder past him, but he's getting majorly better. Today, he was eating in the kitchen and Chloe (our eldest outdoor cat) wondered RIGHT BESIDE him....he didn't even flinch and carried on eating his dinner...I was ready to pounce on his collar to hold hi back but I didn't need to :D I think that's progress! The only time now he really barks and wants to chase them is if he in in the garden and Chloe runs past him or walks on the top of the fences (I think he thinks it's more of a game out there)

Are your cats confident with Percy?

One was when he was bigger then perseus. My cat is not scared of him but perseus tries to play with him and ruff houses and my cat use to stand his ground. But now that my dog is big my cat just lays there while perseus tries to play. But I always have to grab him by the coller and tell him no, sit. Because he plays to ruff with the cat.

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